Nigerian Government on Monday revealed programmes for the first Democracy Day to be celebrated on June 12.
This comes as it announced that there will still be public holiday on May 29, despite change of date to mark the country’s Democracy Day.
Both May 29 and June 12 will be marked as public holidays this year. But for President Muhammadu Buhari being sworn-in on May 29, every other major activities to mark this year’s event will be on June 12.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this when he briefed newsmen in Abuja on Monday.
The Minister, who said that world leaders will attend only June 12 events, further revealed that events to mark the first Democracy Day on June 12, will start on Friday, June 7, with a Historical Exhibition in Arts, Pictures and Immersive Environment.
The event, which he said is billed to hold at the ICC, will be followed on Sunday, June 9 by a Youth Concert, Creative Industry and Entertainment Night, also at the ICC.
“On Monday, June 10th, there will be a Secondary Schools Exhibition/Panel Discussion at the ICC, and Tuesday, June 11th will feature three events: the PMB Oratorical Contest at the ICC, an Anti-corruption Summit at the Transcorp Hilton and and a First Lady’s Commissioning Programme in Yola, Adamawa.
“Wednesday, June 12th will start off with a parade at the Eagle Square, and the Democracy Day programme will wrap up with a Dinner and Gala Night at the State House Conference Centre,” he said.
Buhari had last year pronounced June 12 as Nigeria’s new Democracy Day. He did that in recognition of June 12, 1993 presidential election supposedly won by late Chief Moshood Abiola, but annulled by them military government under Ibrahim Babangida.
The pronouncement was recently backed by a bill to officially recognise June 12 as Democracy Day, which was passed by the National Assembly.